mummer

[muhm-er]

noun

a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or taking part in a pantomime, especially at Christmas and other festive seasons.
an actor, especially a pantomimist.

Origin of mummer

First recorded in 1400–50, mummer is from the late Middle English word mommer. See mum2, -er1
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mummer

noun

one of a group of masked performers in folk play or mime
a mime artist
jocular, or derogatory an actor

Word Origin for mummer

C15: from Old French momeur, from momer to mime; related to momon mask
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Word Origin and History for mummer
n.

"one who performs in a mumming, actor in a dumb show," early 15c., probably a fusion of Middle French momeur "mummer" (from Old French momer "mask oneself," from momon "mask") and Middle English mommen "to mutter, be silent," related to mum (interjection).

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